If you live and drive in Georgia, you know that the state’s motor vehicle laws aim to keep motorists and pedestrians safe on area roads and highways. New vehicle technology advances also focus on improving safety either via preventing accidents or reducing the impact of accidents should they occur. 

Sadly, some drivers still refuse to operate their vehicles safely. The choices made by some people put others in harm’s way quite unnecessarily. Speeding and drunk driving continue to claim too many lives in Georgia. 

Georgia’s drunk driving fatalities

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one of out every four vehicular fatalities in Georgia in 2018 involved alcohol, an increase from 23% the prior year. In 2014 and 2016, 24% of all traffic deaths involved drunk drivers while 25% of such deaths in 2015 involved alcohol. 

Georgia’s speeding fatalities

In each of the five years spanning 2014 through 2018, between 16% and 19% of all traffic fatalities involved at least one driver exceeding the speed limit. 

Fatalities in and around Tift County

Between 2014 and 2018, a total of 42 people in Tift County died in motor vehicle accidents. Among its adjacent counties, only Colquitt County recorded more deaths in that time. There, 58 lives were lost in traffic accidents during that same five-year span of time. 

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in Georgia an overview of how many people die statewide in motor vehicle crashes involving drivers who exceed the speed limit or operate vehicles while impaired by alcohol.